CREW Sues Secret Service Over Visitor Logs

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a DC non profit, announced Wednesday that it is suing the Secret Service because the Obama administration is following Bush-era practice and refusing to release White House visitor logs. CREW wants to know which health care executives were visiting the White House, and when. The Most Transparent Administration EverTM doesn’t want to tell. So now we get a lawsuit. The White House doesn’t really have a leg to stand on here: even if it could make the legal case that it should be able to withhold the visitor logs, there’s no way it can make the good government case. The president serves the public; the public should know who has his ear. The only reason the White House is getting away with withholding these records for now is that the media (and Congress) don’t seem to care enough to draw attention to it.

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